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Briggs and Cook seek local views on possible changes to Morningside GP services.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian and the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, and Morningside Conservative Councillor Nick Cook, are seeking views from residents in Morningside about a possible change to the provision of local GP services in the area. Today’s meeting of the city’s Integrated Joint Board (IJB) is considering a report on future GP premises provision across the city that has suggested the possible merger of the Hermitage and Morningside Medical Practices, potentially in a new base within the site of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital by 2021.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ It is right that NHS Lothian and the local IJB is planning ahead in terms of assessing which GP practices in the city need to find new buildings or need premises expanded but it also essential that they take the views of local residents on board as they look to redesign these services.

“ The potential changes in Morningside that might see the merger of the Hermitage and Morningside Practices and the construction of a new GP centre within the site of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital are significant. I would like to hear from local people and will highlight with NHS Lothian any concerns they might have about either a merger of practices or the proposed location for a new centre at this early stage in the process of changing local services.

“ I am very aware that Morningside residents believe the current two locations for local GP services are well served by good bus links which makes accessing them easy for people of all ages and I know that they will want to be reassured that any new site is just as well served by public transport.”

Councillor Nick Cook said:

“Fellow residents know that we are well served by the Hermitage and Morningside Medical Practices in their current form.

“Any future changes to local GP provision would present huge change for the community. Any changes must be subject to residents’ views and command public confidence. Were changes to be undertaken, NHS Lothian must ensure our GP services remain convenient and accessible for all.”

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Miles Briggs